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Rolling Stone Youth Organizer Series Features Co-Founder Taji Chesimet

In the third episode of Rolling Stone’s “Youth Organizers” video series, Kimberly Aleah takes a look at Portland, Oregon and the youth-led work being done by Taji Chesimet of Raising Justice.


The Teenagers Pushing for Radical Change In Portland’s Police System

Recently, our Co-Directors spoke with Ashoka, a change maker organization. They discussed the current nature of YEP's work in the wake of George Floyd & Breonna Taylor. Read more about it below.


Local Youth Continue to Make Change in the Portland Police Force

One year ago, Taji and Britt, two Portland high school students entering their senior year, sat down to complete a custom curriculum inspired by the community.


Portland Police Chief Outlaw holds workshops to build community trust

Chief Danielle Outlaw and several officers gathered with young people at the First Unitarian Church in Southwest Portland. The goal: to learn from each other.


How Local Youth Leveraged Catalyst Grant to Educate the Portland Police Force

In Spring 2018, during a weekend event at a local high school, students got together to present their start-up ideas. After the event ended and kids wrapped up their presentations, one team quickly went from idea to nonprofit.


Teens lead public forum on community policing


PORTLAND, Ore. — Britton Masback's extracurricular schedule is quite a bit busier than most high school sophomores. Masback, a Catlin Gabel High School student, along with De La Salle sophomore Taji Chesimet organized Wednesday's Police Peace PDX community forum held at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland.

Press Releases


PDX Protests

September 11th, 2020

The fight against police brutality in the United States should not be a partisan battle. It is a human rights issue that affects us all. An issue that we all must come together to champion. Read more about our commitment to police accountability, and ensuring that all voices are heard.


Introducing Our New Name

September 1st, 2020

Youth Educating Police is now called Raising Justice. Along with our new name comes a robust team, board, and a slate of polished programs. Read more and get involved today. 


Black Womxn Lives Matter​

June 16th, 2020

On March 13th in Louisville, Kentucky, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor's life came to an abrupt end. A "no-knock" search warrant was issued recklessly and imprudently for Ms. Taylor's home where three police officers stormed into her home and shot her at least eight times. 

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PPS School Resource Officer Removal​

June 5th, 2020

Today marked the end of a long-held discussion in Portland; whether or not Portland Public schools should house and spend considerable money to support School Resource Officers from the Portland Police Bureau.


The Murder of George Floyd​

June 3rd, 2020

On May 27th 2020, the murder of George Floyd made waves across the country. His tragic last words echoed through the streets, offices, and homes of those mourning the loss and faced with a deep sense of hopelessness — I can't breathe.

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